Farm Bureau uses classroom handouts teaching children about agriculture

Michigan Farm News reports The state Farm Bureau will provide science curriculum for seventh-grade classrooms in 38 Michigan school districts to counter a book used in classrooms teaching false opinions about agriculture. FULL STORY »

Wisconsin lawmakers seek to overturn state’s margarine ban

A dozen Wisconsin legislators think the “dairy state” may be taking things too far when it comes to protecting dairy from competing products. Or at the very least it’s time to update legislation with roots in the 1800s that restricted and regulated margarine sales in favor of butter. FULL STORY »

CDC: kids need more low-fat milk

A new report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlights the fact that U.S. children do not consume enough low-fat milk. The research, published in the CDC report "Low-fat Milk Consumption Among Children and Adolescents in the United States, 2007-2008," shows that about 73 percent of children and teens drink milk, but only about 20 percent of them say they usually drink low-fat milk (skim or 1 percent). FULL STORY »

Commentary: Get in on the conversation

What are you doing on Sept. 22? I know you’re busy, but if at all possible, make time in your schedule to check out The Food Dialogues and get in on an important conversation with Americans about how we grow and raise our food. The event hosted by the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) will stream live on the organization’s Web site from Washington D.C.; New York; Fair Oaks, Ind.; and Davis, Calif. FULL STORY »

First lady’s effort raises milk’s profile on kids menus

As part of first lady Michelle Obama’s fight against childhood obesity, 1% milk will be the default beverage served with kids menu items at Darden Restaurants. FULL STORY »

Smaller corn surplus could push food prices higher

Food prices could rise next year because an unseasonably hot summer is expected to damage much of this year's corn crop. FULL STORY »

Study suggests cities could produce most of their food

Urban agriculture has become increasingly popular in many American cities, and now research suggests those backyard and rooftop gardens could produce a majority of the food needed by city dwellers. FULL STORY »

More Americans see economy worsening over next year

Most Americans still expect the economy to worsen over the next year as worries over the cost of food and gasoline weigh on personal spending, according the latest survey from Citibank. FULL STORY »

Don’t go too far with environmental justice

Environmental Protection Agency efforts to promote environmental justice are working and more extreme measures, such as a no-pollution mandate, would hurt chances of economic prosperity for those communities that need it most. FULL STORY »

Commentary: Out to lunch on food safety

A few weeks ago, we asked you who was responsible for food safety: USDA, processors, retailers, farmers, consumers or all of these. A whopping 84 percent said food safety is the responsibility of everyone in the food chain, from farm to consumer and everyone in between. And I couldn’t agree more. But I ran across some information from the American Dietetic Association this week that makes me wonder if some of us are perhaps a little more irresponsible than others. FULL STORY »

Back-to-school brings changes to flavored milk

When school resumes in the fall, cafeterias will be serving more whole grains, more fresh vegetables and milk kids, schools and moms will love. With the ongoing debate over flavored milk in schools, many of the nation’s milk processors have been hard at work over the last five years with their local districts to lower the calories and sugar in this popular drink. FULL STORY »

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